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Commercial Trailers


Commercial Trailer Class (CT)

Registration Period: 

March 1 through February 28 (29 in leap years) of the following year.

What you need to know:

  • This registration applies to all trailers (including homemade) registered at a gross vehicle weight of greater than 3,000 pounds, except semi-trailers or farm trailers
  • An equipment dolly is registered in this class.
  • This class trailer is required to be titled.

Initial Registration:

  1. Determine tax using the Tax Manual based upon vehicle gross weight. (Minimum gross weight allowed is 1.25 times the vehicle empty weight.) If registration period is less than 12 months, use increment section located at the back of the Tax Manual to prorate annual tax.
    • New trailers - Calculate tax from date of sale to the end of registration period.
    • New to Fleet/Previously Registered in Foreign State - Calculate tax from the date the vehicle entered Minnesota to the end of the registration period.
  2. Record the empty (unloaded) in Section A of the PS2000
  3. Issue CT plate and appropriate weight and year validation stickers.
  4. Provide customer with the validated owner's copy of the PS2000. It is a temporary cab card until the application is processed by DVS.

Registration Renewal

  • Renewal notices are mailed to the owner of record in late December.
  • Issue appropriate year validation sticker and new weight sticker if the vehicle weight was changed at time of renewal.
  • Validate the top portion of the renewal notice. This is the customer's cab card.
  • Sticker Display:
    • Trailers registered at 27,000 pounds gross weight or less may begin to display new registration stickers on January 1.
    • Trailers with a gross weight greater than 27,000 pounds gross weight may begin to display new registration stickers on February 15.
    • All vehicles are required to display new registration stickers by 12:01 a.m. March 2. (There is no 10-day grace period for vehicles in the CT class)
  • There is no penalty for delayed or late registration; however, the vehicle cannot be operated on the streets or highways with expired registration.
  • Low/High Registration - Owners may delay renewing registration when a vehicle is not in use during the first months of the year. In this situation, the owner may register the vehicle at minimum weight (1.25 times empty weight) for the months the vehicle was not in use and register at the operating weight for the remainder of the year. Example: A renewal submitted on May 15 for a vehicle that has not been in use: Charge low weight for March through April and charge high weight for remainder of year.​​